This would be yawn-worthy, except for the jaw-dropping statement by the school principle, Sr. Mary Tracy:
The Seattle NBC station also reported that Gene Colin, the chairman of Eastside Catholic’s board, was involved in Zmuda’s dismissal and has resigned and that Sister Tracy said that Merrow “is ‘welcome’ to continue working on campus.”
“Sister Tracy also told KING 5 the board discussed ways to prevent the current controversy from happening again, indicating the school would seek counsel from the Archdiocese and research other similar circumstances around the nation,” the report added.
According to a student, Sister Tracy said that “I look forward to the day where no individual loses their job because they married a person of the same sex.”
Sister Tracy, according to the school’s website, worked for 15 years at the National Catholic Educational Association in Washington, most recently as the NCEA Director of Advancement Services.
Now, it's not all that surprising that a nun from Seattle would support gay "marriage;" I mean, Seattle has been the home of pantsuited pro-lesbian nuns for decades now. The shocking part here isn't even that she actually said so--in the bubble that is Washington State, supporting SSM is like supporting recycling or saving whales. No, the shocking part (aside from the idea that a nun would worry more about the possibility of teachers losing their jobs than their IMMORTAL SOULS, except that the nuns of Seattle have probably gone On Beyond Jesus a long time ago and think that souls are a quaint medieval notion) is that this teacher worked for 15 years at the National Catholic Education Association. You know--the group that overseas Catholic education in America, sets policies, promotes educational agendas, and is both politically and spiritually somewhat like the twin sister of the secular National Education Association. On their website you will see samples of their glossy publications and lots of positive talk about forming the whole person; you will even see discussions of catechesis and religious education. What you will not see is an honest admission that diocesan Catholic schools are failing, and failing badly, in their primary work of teaching Catholic children about the Catholic faith.
Never mind Church teaching on sexuality--the average Catholic school graduate can't list the Ten Commandments, doesn't know how to pray the Rosary, can't identify the liturgical structure of the Mass, can't tell you the difference between a mortal and venial sin or even list a serious sin other than murder (and even that he or she may not be sure about, depending on his/her personal view of abortion), can't name more than a handful of books of the Bible (let alone be able to identify any Scripture quotes), doesn't know the seven Sacraments or the seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit (unless he or she just went on a Confirmation retreat, in which case he or she may be able to rattle off three or four of those), can't define what a Sacrament is, and if asked about the Eucharist, will probably not know the word "transubstantiation" or be able to explain the Church's understanding of the Eucharist without lapsing into unintentional verbal heresy. But, on the bright side, they care about the environment. And they think it's mean to say that gay sex is intrinsically evil.
Catholic schools aren't just going to Hell in a handbasket--they've got the kiddies weaving the handbaskets and presenting them at Mass (oh, sorry, at "liturgy"). When a nun who worked for 15 years at the NCEA can't defend Church teaching and is all in starry-eyed favor of the evil of same-sex marriage, it should be quite clear that Catholic schools aren't Catholic anymore, and that actual Catholic parents--those of us who go to Mass on Sundays and still think our faith is important--should have as little to do with them as possible. At this point, I think even the secular schools would be preferable, because at least at the secular schools your kids will know they are on enemy territory, and will protect themselves accordingly. It's hard to overestimate the damage done to the souls of children when their Catholic school teachers are counseling them to accept gay marriage or contraception or whatever the trendy mortal sin of the day is, and making them believe that both their parents and the Church will change someday (with a strong implication that the change needed is some kind of maturity instead of modeling the behavior of Judas, which is what the teachers are really doing).
I think it's quickly going to reach the point where Catholic parents will have to decide that if they want their children to go to Heaven someday, the diocesan Catholic school is more of a hindrance to that goal than a help. At which point the Catholic schools can drop their diocesan connections, go all "Private school in the Catholic tradition..." which is code for "We can charge you a fortune and reject any child who won't look good on our recruiting brochures," and continue their mission of destroying the lingering traces of the Catholic faith of just about any child unfortunate enough to cross their doorways--which last they are already doing, and doing diabolically well.